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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of southeast Egypt in the Nile River below the First Cataract near Aswan. In ancient times it was a military post guarding the southern frontier of Egypt. The Elephantine papyruses, dating from the fifth century B.C., were discovered here in 1903.

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  • proper n. An island in the river Nile.
  • adj. Of, from, or pertaining to Elephantine or the Elephantine people.

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Examples

  • There was also a Jewish temple in Elephantine in the post-exilic period.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Genetic Evidence Shows Common Origins of Jews

  • But the charm of Elephantine is the everlasting charm of natural beauty – of rocks, of palm-woods, of quiet waters.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • If these measures of Egypt in furlongs be put together, the result is as follows: —I have already before this shown that the distance along the sea amounts to three thousand six hundred furlongs, and I will now declare what the distance is inland from the sea to Thebes, namely six thousand one hundred and twenty furlongs: and again the distance from Thebes to the city called Elephantine is one thousand eight hundred furlongs.

    An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe. Paras. 1-19

  • THE green island of Elephantine, which is about a mile in length, lies opposite Assûan and divides the Nile in two channels.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Now there was, far up the Nile, near the cataracts, at a place where the river widens and forms a sort of bay, a large and fertile island called Elephantine, which was inhabited by a half-savage tribe called the Icthyophagi.

    Darius the Great Makers of History

  • Its river Nile is navigable as far as the city called Elephantine, the forenamed cataracts hindering ships from going any farther, The haven also of Alexandria is not entered by the mariners without difficulty, even in times of peace; for the passage inward is narrow, and full of rocks that lie under the water, which oblige the mariners to turn from

    The Wars of the Jews; or the history of the destruction of Jerusalem

  • If these measures of Egypt in furlongs be put together the result is as follows: — I have already before this shown that the distance along the sea amounts to three thousand six hundred furlongs, and I will now declare what the distance is inland from the sea to Thebes, namely six thousand one hundred and twenty furlongs: and again the distance from Thebes to the city called Elephantine is one thousand eight hundred furlongs.

    The History of Herodotus

  • If these measures of Egypt in furlongs be put together the result is as follows: -- I have already before this shown that the distance along the sea amounts to three thousand six hundred furlongs, and I will now declare what the distance is inland from the sea to Thebes, namely six thousand one hundred and twenty furlongs: and again the distance from Thebes to the city called Elephantine is one thousand eight hundred furlongs.

    The history of Herodotus — Volume 1

  • So that these oligarchs would feel at home in a familiar insular setting, he exiled them to the tiny island of Elephantine in the middle of the Nile River at the extreme southern border of Egypt.

    Alexander the Great

  • The Elephantine Sarah-cudas out there may want to beat me with the 'L' club, but I voted for Reagan, GHWBush, and W and I've learned my lesson.

    Trippi: GOP trying to turn Obama into another Jimmy Carter

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